Monday, August 01, 2005


Treasongate: Did Novak Just Implicate Tenet?

In today's Chicago Sun-Times, Robert Novak ignores his attorney's advice and hits back against the people who disapprove of him having revealed an undercover CIA agent's identity. It's about as smarmy and dishonest as you'd expect. It's noteworthy, however, for this sentence near the end of the column:

I have previously said that I never would have written those sentences if Harlow, then-CIA Director George Tenet or anybody else from the agency had told me that Valerie Plame Wilson's disclosure would endanger herself or anybody.
Is Novak telling us he asked George Tenet about Valerie Plame? It makes no sense to say Tenet didn't give him a warning if he didn't talk to Tenet about her. It seems to me that the Official Story is that Tenet was completely "out of the loop" on the mission to Niger and Valerie Plame and all of that. So it seems to me that this incidental paragraph is another crack in the Official Story.
I think it's Novak showing Judy Miller Syndrome. That's when hack GOP zampolit press stenographers think they're such big wheels that they can only deal with the upper crusties of any organization.

Novak's essentially saying that it's not his fault, since while the CIA told him to lay off Plame, he wasn't told by Tenet himself. What an arrogant ass.
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